Phantasm Blu Ray Review

The long awaited release of Phantasm on Blu Ray is finally here.  Sometimes it is hard to believe the JJ Abrams, known for making Science Fiction and action movies, favorite movie is Phantasm.  He had a team working on remastering the film for some time now.  As horror fans, who were delivered a Scream Factory release of Phantasm II back in March of 2013, we have been waiting patiently.  Was it worth the wait?

Here are some of the features that come along with the 2-disc set.

Product Details

  • Actors: Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:


  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2016
  • Run Time: 89 minutes

Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin (Mike), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Bill Thornbury (Joan)
Graveyard Carz
Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
Deleted Scenes
Original Trailer and Remastered Trailer

Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
MPAA Rating: R – For Nudity, Violence, and Intense Scenes


I will make this short and sweet.  I asked if this remastered edition is worth the wait?  I say, kind of, the picture quality looks pretty great, the DVD looks really rough, grainy and fuzzy at times.  The scenes in the dark were harder to see.  Now, everything is sharper and the dark is not as hard to see.  Phantasm needed an update badly, it was hard to watch.  There are still some rough spots in the movie, but overall it is an upgrade from the original DVD release, so I am pleased.

The sound quality is much better, it does not have the feel of watching an Italian film that has been dubbed, not that it is a bad thing, I love Italian horror dubbed in English.  The copies I have seen make it look, at times seems like it was poorly dubbed.  This edition is way better.  The score seems to be a lot better as well, very sharp and pleasing.

My one big disappointment, the special features are pretty lackluster.  Not much to it, I wish there would have been some kind of new documentary or even some kind of tribute to Angus Scrimm.  There are now 5 movies in the Phantasm franchise, it seems fitting there be a documentary about the making of the movies, updated anyway.

Overall, this is a nice piece to have in any horror fans collections, it is a 100% for sure purchase.  The cover art is great and if you get a copy early enough, you can get the slip cover, which adds to the art work.  I am not a huge fan of Phantasm, but it is a film that belongs in every horror collector’s collection.

Best places to buy it, and

About Ray Marek III 699 Articles
I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)